Could it be our understanding of 'Quality'...that is BROKEN, perhaps?
This is only natural! Look at all the wonderful communications we find on their web-sites, the messages stuck on the side of buses and bridges, the huge one-page adverts we find in every 'quality' Sunday newspaper:
Oh, yes...and 'DIFFERENT'...gotta be 'DIFFERENT'!8 I mean afterall...what parent would want to send their darling, little Arca (or Ayşe) or Dogükan (or Ali) to a university that proclaims it wants to be a pretty 'average' school...or worse...is prepared to wash all its dirty linen in public - for the sake of student LEARNing!
...one of them might actually listen to you!8 If they do and tell you something like this...
...push them - 'cos these schools do love their 'smoke and mirrors'!8 If the school is 'smart', they might say something like this:
...these universities are pretty good at the old 'alıntı, çalıntı and miş-gibi yapmak' business!8 If you do get a reply like this (miracles do happen - and there might be a 'quality team' out there that actually does their 'homework'), ask them how they actually assess the needs of their students and how these needs are used to develop and renew the curricular they use - you know, to align what is 'taught' with what students are supposed to be able to do with what they LEARN...and keep on LEARNing after they graduate!
I dare you!
1) Increase the number of contact hours that the teachers in hazırlık are expected to do each week!
2) Increase the average class size across their hazırlık programmes!
3) Increase the (sad, sad) salaries that most hazırlık teachers are paid!8 OK, that was a bit unfair of me...but, in my defence, my inbox is overflowing with mails from schools around the country since I started this little 'dizi' - and they ain't about pay increases, I'll tell you that much! However (and I will run down Atatürk Bulvarı...and pretty soon...İstiklâl Caddesi...naked - yes, in my birthday suit), if the Rector or